The Knicks have had a big rivalry for years, and with the improvements each team made in the offseason, it doesn’t look like that will be changing any time soon.
Paul Pierce and Raymond Felton have been taking some shots at each other over the offseason, and to keep things from getting too bad, NBA commish David Stern called in Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and Knicks owner James Dolan to have some “peace talks” and make sure the rivalry doesn’t get out of hand before the season even starts.
There were some problems between now Nets PF Kevin Garnett and Knicks SF Carmelo Anthony last season while Garnett was on the Celtics, with Garnett saying that Anthony’s wife “tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios” and then Anthony meeting Garnett at the Celtics’ team bus as they departed after the game.
The teams have agreed to split the 2015 All-Star Weekend, with one team taking the pre-game festivities and the other team taking the actual All-Star Game. There are negotiations for All-Star Weekend to come back to New York in 2017 or 2018, with the teams swapping and taking whatever they didn’t have in the last one.